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OZARK — A monument honoring those from the Wiregrass who died in service in the Vietnam War was officially dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony at the memorial site located in front of the government building in Ozark.

Officials in Alabama say a Huntsville police officer has died after being shot and another officer was critically wounded. The two Huntsville officers were shot Tuesday evening at an apartment complex as they responded to a report of a woman being shot. City officials say one officer died from his injuries and the other underwent emergency surgery and is in critical condition. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall identified the officer who was killed as Officer Garrett Crumby. Jail records show that 24-year-old Juan Robert Laws was arrested on a charge of capital murder of a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond.

This summer's Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans will commemorate the 50th anniversary of hip hop with performances by Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion and Jermaine Dupri. Rap innovator Doug E. Fresh will curate special performances by other soon-to-be announced hip hop pioneers, while Hill will mark the 25th anniversary of her five-time Grammy-winning album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The event also will laud Dupri, a Grammy award-winning producer and founder of the So So Def record label, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Also headlining is three-time Grammy-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion, whose work includes “Savage” and “Hot Girl Summer.” The four-day festival runs June 30 to July 3.

Federal records show the Tennessee Valley Authority is taking steps to return the ancestral remains of nearly 5,000 Native Americans. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports TVA filed notice in the Federal Register for publication Wednesday that it intended to repatriate all ancestral remains and associated funerary objects it possesses. The 4,871 remains and associated objects were removed from their original resting places in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The process of repatriation allows tribes and descendants to take possession of the remains and associated objects. The TVA said the remains would be available for return on or after April 29 and it listed 21 tribes that could make requests.


OZARK-“This court will uphold the law as written,” 33rd Circuit Judge William Filmore ruled as he denied the request of a man charged with capital murder to require a unanimous jury verdict instead of the agreement of 10 jurors as required law.

OZARK-Three people were named to the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging Board by the Dale County Commission at the meeting Tuesday after tabling the issue at two consecutive meetings.

NEW BROCKTON-A $5,235,225 resurfacing project that includes 28.76 miles of 10 county roads was outlined by Coffee County Engineer Marty Lentz at the commission meeting at the government complex building here Monday morning.

The American flag flying in front of the empty headquarters command building at Da Nang, Vietnam, was spotted by the company commander as he drove his jeep around the compound for a final inspection as the last American troops left the Military Region 1 base on March 27, 1973.

FORT RUCKER — Fort Rucker will be officially redesignated Fort Novosel in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel Sr., a Medal of Honor recipient with ties to Army Aviation, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, and the Wiregrass region in southeast Alabama, during a cerem…

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